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Ladd Marsh Bird Festival, at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, La Grande

Warmer temperatures and blue sky bring thoughts of spring…

Bird Watching Station
Bird Watching Station at the Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

May 16 – 18, 2014

Mark your calendar for the ninth annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival May 16 – 18, 2014 near La Grande, Oregon. The festival opens Friday night with music (original songs about birds and birding) by the Odd Strings followed by “The State of the Birds” by Terrell D. Rich of Partners in Flight.

Beginning Saturday morning and through weekend, the wildlife area is open to birding and exploration. From 6:00 am to noon on Saturday, 6 stations will be staffed by local birders to assist visitors with finding and identifying birds. Also at the birding stations, artists sponsored by ArtsEast will be painting or sketching plein air from 9:00 am until noon.

Kid’s activities including building a birdhouse, coloring a canvas tote and the Junior Birder program will be available from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Also on Saturday, take in an afternoon bird walk, a live raptor presentation by Blue Mountain Wildlife and information on native plants for birds.

On and off-site field trips Sunday wrap up the weekend. Registration for the Bird Festival is free but is required in order to receive your permit to be on portions of the wildlife area normally closed to entry. Field trips and other details are still being planned.

Check the “Bird Festival” tab at www.friendsofladdmarsh.org for more information and updates as planning proceeds.

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